"Ghost Ship" - Greed, Sin, and Ghosts

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Greed can blind the judgment of any person. If one allows themselves to be tempted, the end result usually has massive consequences. Personal satisfaction with who you are, how you look, and the wealth you have can be a powerful tool against the temptation of greed. The movie Ghost Ship is a typical example of how greed can overtake your thoughts and blind your judgment. Ghost Ship begins with a gory scene that takes place on the Antonia Graza an Italian ocean liner. In this scene a huge portion of the crew and guests are killed in a freak but planned accident. A salvage crew was recruited by a Canadian Air Force pilot to repair and rescue a strange large boat floating off the coast of Alaska (Movie Tributes 1). The crew found the ship and a lot more. A large amount of gold was discovered. This blinded the crew to the obvious decisions that should have been made for the safety of the team.

Instead of calling the coast Guard for assistance, they chose to try and pull the liner in with a limping engine. Their decision leaves them trapped in a boat full of ghosts desperately wanting to tell there story and temp their minds. They also were left with a guest that had no intent to let them go. Through temptation, blood, and gore, the director sends a message. Greed can blind your eyes and mind to the obvious decisions necessary for personal growth and even survival.

Horror films are designed to make the audience feel trapped and in danger (Myers 1). Movies such as this force the audience to their seats by putting you in situations that have danger lurking everywhere. This film did all of this by trapping the crew in a bad...